Read Write Web reports that the New York Times is to introduce an API on its website, opening its content for users to program and structure. The Times' decision will have ramifications for the newspaper industry; the API is considered to be the next stage in the evolution of the newspaper.
"[An API] will give developers access to their vast amounts of well-researched data, and allows the paper's brand to be spread easily across the web," Read Write Web's Josh Catone writes.
The API is the latest in a series of online innovations by the Times. Over the past year, the paper has created an RSS feed, a Facebook application, and its own news aggregator, Blogrunner. But the API will give users the freedom to personalize and organize content, a major step.
"The plan is definitely to open the code up," New York Times CTO Marc Frons says. "How far we don't know."
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Source: Read Write Web through I Want Media